Celebrity cars do well at British auction

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1929 Bentley sells for more than $1.1 million | H&H Classics photos

Cars with celebrity, royal and racing histories sold well this week at H&H Classics Auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. Overall, the auction produced £3.5 million (nearly $4.6 milion) in sales.

The 1929 Bentley 4/12-liter “Le Mans” style tourer originally owned by one of the famed Bentley Boys, Woolf Barnato, sold for £874,000 (more than $1.14 million).

2004 Ferrari was owned by Eric Clapton

A 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1, with only 29,700 miles on its odometer, brought £76,000 (nearly $99,500). The car was loaded with special options ordered by its original owner, rock star Eric Clapton.

The quad-headlamp 1966 Jaguar E-type, one of only three so equipped and originally owned by the 6th Earl Cawdow, sold for £58,650 (nearly $77,000).

A 1994 Bentley Turbo RL formerly owned by Prince Charles went for £15,640 (nearly $20,500), the auction house reported.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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